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Disability Awareness Week

About the week

Disability Awareness Week ran from 29 November to 5 December 2015, with International Day of People with Disability celebrated on 3 December.

The week promoted the aspirations of the State Government’s Count Me In vision: that we all live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.

The United Nations-sanctioned International Day of People with Disability is held each year on 3 December. In 2015 the theme was Inclusion matters: Access and empowerment for people of all abilities. The sub-themes were:

  • making cities inclusive and accessible for all
  • improving disability data and statistics
  • including people with invisible disability (such as psychosocial, intellectual and/or hearing impairments) in society and development.

Events and activities

A wide range of events and activities were held around the State to raise awareness of the importance of access and inclusion and creating welcoming communities for everyone.

For more about what occurred during Disability Awareness Week, visit the event calendar.


Short films created to celebrate Disability Awareness Week 2015

To celebrate Disability Awareness Week we have produced a series of short films that feature people with disability sharing their experiences. 

  • NZ Paralympian enjoys a new life in WA
    New Zealander Jayne Parsons has been going from strength to strength since moving to Dudley Park, a Mandurah suburb, in 2014.
  • Study the best medicine
    Learning is high on the agenda for Claremont teenager Harry Nicholas, who aspires to one day go to university.
  • Diversity supports better workplaces
    A diverse workforce, that includes people with disability, makes for a better working environment, according to Business Development Support Officer Tim Hocking.
  • Show respect every day, says Ellen
    If Ellen Buswell could tell the world how to treat people with disability she would say to look straight into people’s faces and not talk over anyone.
  • A passion for art sparks a quirky business
    Daniel Pavlovic was passionate about art at school but didn’t dream that one day his designs would become the quirky artwork for T-shirts now sought after at markets and retail outlets throughout Western Australia and by overseas buyers. 
  • Life’s cycle is busy for Aaron
    Cycling, a supermarket job and voluntary work combine to make life busy, fulfilling and active for Mandurah man Aaron Hillbrick.
  • Art and music inspire Audrey’s zest for life
    Audrey Warbie has a smile that would light up a room. While the 53-year-old has an intellectual disability and uses few spoken words, her body language and facial expressions clearly show her joy for life and people.
  • Wayne-Carey a delight for his family of eight
    Wayne-Carey brings joy, love and laughter to the Farmer family every day, says his mother Kathleen. 
  • Australia a sanctuary for Cambodian refugee
    From a refugee camp, on the Thai-Cambodia border, to a riverside suburb in Perth, Chinda Proeung’s life journey has evolved from complex and challenging to fulfilling and rewarding. 
  • Disability no barrier to long career
    Competitive tennis, long-distance running, yoga and Pilates are tools to good health for Kalamunda father of four and grandfather of nine, Dr John Byrne, 67. 

Join us on social media

Our social media channels are a great way to keep in touch with what’s happening during Disability Awareness Week. Find out more on the Commission's Facebook,  Twitter and YouTube channels.